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Creator / Alan Tudyk

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"I was a real ham as a child. I'd insist on dressing up as a cowboy whenever the family went out for dinner. In high school, I was a menace. I'd fake nose bleeds and fainting spells to panic my teachers."

Alan Wray Tudyk (born March 16, 1971) is an American actor and voice actor known for his roles as Hoban "Wash" Washburne in the space western television series Firefly and movie Serenity and Wat in A Knight's Tale. He co-stared on the ABC sitcom Suburgatory also had a starring role in the film 42 as Ben Chapman and voiced significant roles in the Disney animated films Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, and Big Hero 6. He's appeared in every Disney film since Wreck-It Ralph, in fact, and commonly voices characters who play the role of the Red Herring.

Primarily known for his comedic roles, he's made more of a mark with villainous roles in recent years. A good example would be the psychotic serial killer Carl "Alpha" Craft from Dollhouse, where Tudyk subverted the Wash persona that most Whedon fans best knew him for.

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  • Celebrity Resemblance: To Gerrit Graham, due to their beaky and tall appearances (not to mention how Tudyk's default hairstyle resembles Graham's from the mid-1980s to today), their character actor abilities to play disparate comedic and serious roles and being associated with Disney more then once (Graham himself had voice roles in The Little Mermaid (1989) and Gargoyles, had writing credit on the short cartoon The Prince and the Pauper and had made his early acting debut at age eight in a Detroit Art Institute stage production of Winnie the Pooh, which would later become a well-known Disney-owned franchise). Also, both he and Graham had a role in their resumes as a comedic zombie with Tudyk being the The Other Darrin for Nathan Fillion's Gary on Santa Clarita Diet to Graham's Bud the C.H.U.D.
  • Classically-Trained Extra: Invoked when voicing the chicken in Moana as he jokes, in between doing the sounds, about the fact that he went to Julliard.
  • Doing It for the Art: While he hasn't been in any particularly bad films, he's definitely had less impressive roles; he played a non-anthropomorphic chicken in Moana and a random redneck in Deadpool 2. It would have been easy to phone those in, but he says his policy is to give every role his all, and it shows.
    • In Deadpool 2 he had about a minute of screentime, a grand total of six lines, and was barely recognizable, but he still managed to be memorable simply because he's clearly paying close attention to his friend's bizarre rant about toilet paper.
    • The director of Encanto revealed that Tudyk schooled the creators on their inaccurate toucan noises, saying their existing noises were actually from some species of parrot, did a lot of research on actual toucan noises, and spent hours in the recording booth testing toucan noises and "responding" to English-language dialogue in toucan.
  • Fake Brit: His English accent in Death at a Funeral is very convincing. Though it does momentarily vanish at "Eight hours of this?!"
    • He wasn't always as convincing: as Wat in A Knight's Tale (admittedly one of his earliest roles) his English accent was serviceable but wobbled a lot from scene to scene. Since then he's gotten a lot better.
  • Large Ham: He can be very theatrical when he needs to be.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices:
    • His Disney roles alone show he has an impressive vocal range, from King Candy, who sounds like Ed Wynn's Mad Hatter, to the Duke of Weselton, who sounds like a British Steve Buscemi impression. He's even voiced a chicken.
    • Outside of his roles, he's shown in press interviews for Rogue One that he can do a startlingly accurate impression of his costar Diego Luna, slightly halting Mexican-accented English and all.
  • Pigeonholed Voice Actor:
  • Playing Against Type:
    • On the other hand, he provides the voice of Heihei the Chicken from Moana, who is the film's Plucky Comic Relief animal sidekick.
    • Tudyk also features in Transformers Earthspark as freaking OPTIMUS PRIME. Let's face it, nothing says this trope more than a guy known for villain, comedy or side roles playing the Big Good.
  • Throw It In:
    • According to Giancarlo Volpe, he was prone to this as Ludo.
    • In Rogue One, he (K-2SO) improvised smacking Cassian in the face ("And that's a fresh one if you mouth off again."). You can see Diego Luna corpsing while he hides his face behind his hand while pretending he's holding his hurt jaw.
  • What Could Have Been:

"I am a leaf on the wind — watch how I soar."


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